Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is facing criticism after his office revealed that four voicemails sent from a nursing home where eight residents died in the aftermath Hurricane Irma were deleted.
CBS Miami reported on Saturday that Scott’s office said the four voicemails, which were all received during a 36-hour period before the first resident died, were handed off to the appropriate agency and then deleted.
Eight people died at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a nursing home that lost power and air conditioning during Hurricane Irma. Authorities said the deaths were heat-related.
“The voicemails were not retained because the information from each voicemail was collected by the governor’s staff and given to the proper agency for handling,” the governor’s office told CBS in a statement.